Carol Thatcher, daughter of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, reports that her mother has suffered from dementia for at least 7 years.
Carol Thatcher said the first sign of dementia appeared when her mother was about 75, when she confused the Falklands and Bosnian conflicts in a conversation over lunch.
“I nearly fell off my chair,” Carol Thatcher wrote, according to excerpts of the book which will be published next month. “Watching her struggle with her words and her memory, I couldn’t believe it. She was in her 75th year but I had always thought of her as ageless, timeless and 100 per cent cast-iron damage-proof.”
UPDATE: Have added “President Putin of Germany” and “Confuses Somalia & Sudan” at the bottom.
John McCain misspoke and confused his African countries while talking to reporters on the Straight Talk Express [on 7/1/08]. This time, he was bailed out not by Joe Lieberman, but by his close aide Mark Salter. “How can we bring pressure on the government of Somalia?” McCain asked, which prompted Mark Salter to correct him. “Sudan,” Salter said. “Sudan,” McCain repeated. “There’s a realpolitik side of my view of the conduct of American foreign policy.”
cross-posted at BMG